Tuesday, July 22, 2014
SISTER JOHNSON'S JULY 21, 2014 E-MAIL
SINGING SISTERS AND
LOTS OF MIRACLES
Hello Mother Dear!
Well, it was another slow, but good week last week! It was a slow week as far as teaching lessons, but we did what we could and were able to see small miracles everyday. :)
Yesterday Sister Henderson and I sang in church! We sang a really neat arrangement of "Come Come Ye Saints" in honor of Pioneer day. It's funny because when we got done singing a lady came over and asked us to sing it at the Pioneer picnic the ward is having tonight and other missionaries want us to sing it at other meetings coming up, like VC training and zone training. Haha, it will be our one hit wonder. It is so much fun singing with Sister Henderson because she has an amazing voice!! I'm so lucky I get to be her companion!!!
Last week in the VC was intense! So a few months back, a guy came into the VC one day and ended up talking to Sister Henderson and I for over an hour. He asked us what we believe about sin, grace, mercy, etc. and asked a lot of awesome questions. We taught him the Doctrine of Christ, which answers all those questions. Anyways, we've been emailing him since then and although he's super awesome, he kind of likes to Bible-bash and asks us really nit-picky questions (kind of for the sake of argument). Last week we spent a good amount of time putting together an email that answers his questions but doesn't bible-bash back. Anyways, it is just awesome because we feel deep down that he will accept the Gospel one day and will realize how simple it is! That is something major that I've learned while I've been out here - is how simple and perfect the Gospel is. If it ever seems complicated, it's because we as imperfect humans make it complicated. It's just amazing that we're promised so many blessings when we do the best we can to follow Christ and keep His commandments, and we get His help and His love through it all. And that's all we're asked to do!! How amazing. I've learned sooo much about the Gospel that I didn't know before and have felt Heavenly Father's love and miracles since I've been out here on a mission. The decision to go on a mission is the best decision I've ever made!!!
Today we had a couple of cool miracles - first off, when we were about to pay for our groceries, a lady ran up to us and gave us each $40 cash (she ended up being a member) which we're not allowed to accept but she kind of shoved it in our faces and ran off haha. So that was unexpected and neat! People are so awesome. Also, there is a worker there who we've seen a few times who we've felt impressed to talk to. Today, we were able to talk to him and invite him to come to the Visitor's Center and church. He said he would love to go to church with us, and that it's a blessing because he recently gotoff of work!! We asked him if he would like to meet with us so we can teach him about what we believe, and he said he would love to! We can tell he is such a humble guy. We are so excited!! The Lord is always preparing people for us. :)
As for your questions about the VC - our schedule is different every week. We are there all but one or two days a week. We work eitheror . We love the VC. We're so spoiled there.
I can't believe (actually I can) that Brad was awake for that long! He's gonna die!!! Tell him to sleep. He needs at least some sleep every night. When does his internship end? There are a lot of investment-bankers in our ward and I tell them that Brad is doing it too! They are also super busy and never at home haha. Oh also, it's super neat because the son of Tad R. Callister (author of The Infinite Atonement) is in our ward! He recently gave a talk this past January called "What is the Blueprint of Christ's Church?" You need to read it!! It's awesome! He's written a lot of other amazing talks as well.
Well that's it for today - thanks again for your email! In the VC we've had a lot of visitor's recently from Arizona! They tell me it's blazing hot down there (something I definitely don't miss :)). Have an amazing week and I love you all ever so!!